Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Damn Interesting Facts

Some really surprising an interesting facts that I came across recently. Some of them might be slightly exaggerated but hey, they are still damn interesting.

  1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
  2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.
  3. The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle.
  4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
  5. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
  6. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo. No one knows why.
  7. A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2? by 3-1/2?.
  8. During the chariot scene in “Ben Hur,” a small red car can be seen in the distance (and Heston’s wearing a watch).
  9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! (That explains a few mysteries… .)
  10. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

  11. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
  12. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564, 000.
  13. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.
  14. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before.
  15. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  16. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who discovered this??)
  17. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That’s the opposite of the norm.
  18. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’ s “Born in the USA.”
  19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
  20. The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  21. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so the called themselves Motorola.
  22. Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.
  23. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
  24. Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
  25. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
  26. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  27. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
  28. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!
  29. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
  30. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.
  31. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  32. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!


Anonymous said...

i really like number 26. its e-mazing. also... ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWAH

Anonymous said...

Bruce lee was so fast that they had to SPEED the film up, He could move so fast that he could punch in between framesc ! Speeding the recording speed up allowed more frames per second. Ultimatly these speeds were not fast enough, and would only catch a couple of frames of movement. They wound up asking him to slow down !

Bill Vincent said...

Many of these are false, such as the duck quack, but they still make for a fun read. The first time I saw a similar list, it kept me busy for an entire afternoon reading up on all the items to see if they were true. Learned a lot that day!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Those are s-weet.

Anonymous said...

Interesting list indeed, but as a Finn I have to comment...

Number 10 is also false. The rumor started in sixties or seventies, when one county council in Finland discussed whether it's appropriate to have comics with pantless ducks in the children's section of the county library. They voted and most of the council saw no problem there and Donald Duck remained available for all.

Anonymous said...

33. The hardest metal known to man is, in fact, Dragonforce.

Piping Hot said...

The fifteenth Academy Awards were held in March, 1943 and because of the war, the statuettes were made out of plaster rather than the traditional bronze. There was also one wooden Oscar, presented to Edgar Bergen in 1938 for his 'outstanding comic creation' - Charlie McCarthy, his ventriloquist dummy!

Anonymous said...

Nothing rhymes with the word month either

Anonymous said...

it's only me or river rhymes with silver!
and range with orange?

I can't figure out why others didn't see it

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